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Architecture Cooperative Education and Externships

Architecture Cooperative Education and Externships


The School of Architecture facilitates one-week externships during the university’s spring break for students interested in learning more about the architecture profession. Externships occur over a five-day period at participating architecture and design firms across the United States. All expenses associated with travel, room, and board are the responsibility of the student. The School of Architecture takes on the role of helping place and advise students interested in participating in externships.

Students who would like to participate in an externship can find more information at the MSU Architecture Externship Application website.

Application Due Date (including resume and portfolio): January 17, 2020
Notice of Externship Placement: February 7, 2020
Dates of Externship: Mississippi State University spring break (Monday – Friday) March 9-13, 2020

All resumes and portfolios must be sent to Alexis Gregory at and Amy Skelton at for an externship application to be considered.

Cooperative Education

Following their fourth-year, architecture students may elect to fulfill one year of their two-year Architecture Experience Program (AXP) requirements through a cooperative education (co-op) experience managed by the MSU Career Center. The MSU Cooperative Education Program works closely with students in making employment arrangements and monitors their performance through firm-submitted progress reports. These assessments are used to help students better understand professional expectations and inform S/ARC faculty of student preparedness.

Current job openings and internships can be found at MSU co-op website.

Employers: Please contact Amy Skelton at the MSU Career Center, or 662.325.3344 to register your company with the career center and to participate in these opportunities.

Co-Ops in the news:

Despite COVID-19, Mississippi State architecture student co-op program remains strong

Architecture student named MSU’s 2018 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year